from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2004, Issue No. 84
September 27, 2004
INTELLIGENCE REFORM LEGISLATION ADVANCES Competing versions of legislation on intelligence reform have been introduced in the House and Senate and will be considered this week. The Senate bill (S. 2845) hews fairly closely to the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission (including intelligence budget disclosure) and was crafted on a bipartisan basis. The text is here:
- INTELLIGENCE REFORM LEGISLATION ADVANCES
- INADVERTENT DISCLOSURES OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
- NEW FRUS VOLUME ON SOUTH, CENTRAL AMERICA
INADVERTENT DISCLOSURES OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATIONHaving examined some 1.3 million pages of declassified documents at the National Archives, reviewers identified 356 pages of classified nuclear weapons-related information that should not have been disclosed, the Department of Energy said in a newly disclosed periodic report to Congress. As in the past, the most frequently reported category of inadvertently disclosed information concerned historical information regarding nuclear weapons storage locations abroad. The Fourteenth Report on Inadvertent Releases of Restricted Data and Formerly Restricted Data was transmitted to Congress on a classified basis in March 2004. An unclassified version was released last week. See:
NEW FRUS VOLUME ON SOUTH, CENTRAL AMERICAU.S. foreign policy towards South and Central America during the tumultuous years 1964-1968 is documented in a new volume of the official State Department series Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS). "Many of the [records] document the Johnson administration's responses to a series of crises: the 1964 Panama Canal flag incident; the 1964 coup d'etat in Brazil; the 1964 presidential election in Chile; the 1966 coup in Argentina; the 1967 hunt for Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in Bolivia; the 1968 coups in Peru and Panama" and more, according to a State Department press release. The full text of the new volume is available here:
Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the Federation of American Scientists.
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